Genesis 34
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1Dinah, the daughter whom Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the region. 2When Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of the land, saw her, he grabbed her, and raped her, and humiliated her. 3Then he became very attached to Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the young woman, and spoke kindly to the young woman. 4Shechem spoke to his father, Hamor, saying, "Get me this young woman as my wife." 5Now Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah, his daughter; and his sons were with his livestock in the field. Jacob remained silent until they came. 6Hamor the father of Shechem went out to Jacob to speak with him. 7The sons of Jacob came in from the field when they heard it. The men were grieved, and they were very angry, because he had disgraced Israel by sexually assaulting Jacob?s daughter; a thing that should not be done.

8Hamor talked with them, saying, "The heart of my son Shechem is set on your daughter. Please give her to him as a wife. 9Arrange marriages with us. Give your daughters to us, and take our daughters for yourselves. 10You may settle among us, and the land will be open to you. Live and trade in it, and aquire property in it." 11Shechem said to her father and to her brothers, "Let me find favor in your sight, and whatever you ask of me I will give. 12Ask me for a very expensive bride price, and I will pay whatever you ask of me, but give me the young woman as a wife."

13The sons of Jacob replied deceitfully to Shechem and his father Hamor, because he had defiled their sister Dinah. 14And said to them, "We can?t do this thing, to give our sister to one who is uncircumcised; for that would be a disgrace to us. 15Only on this condition will we agree with you; that you become like us by circumcising all your males; 16then will we give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters to ourselves, and we will live among you and become one people. 17But if you will not listen to us and be circumcised, then we will take our daughter and go away."

18Their words pleased Hamor and Shechem, Hamor's son. 19The young man did not delay to do this thing, because he was delighted with Jacob?s daughter. Now he was the most important of anyone in his father?s house. 20Hamor and his son Shechem came to the gate of their city, and spoke to the men of their city, saying, 21"These men are at peace with us. Therefore let them live in the land and travel in it. For look, the land is large enough for them. Let us take their daughters as wives for ourselves, and let us give them our daughters. 22Only on this condition will the men agree to live with us as one people: that every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised. 23Won?t their livestock and their possessions and all their animals be ours? Only let us agree with them, so they will settle among us." 24All who went out of the gate of his city agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem; and every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city.

25It happened on the third day, when they were still in pain, that two of Jacob?s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah?s brothers, each took his sword and came into the unsuspecting city and killed all the males. 26They killed Hamor and his son Shechem with their swords and took Dinah out of Shechem?s house and left. 27Jacob?s sons entered over the dead and plundered the city, because they had defiled their sister. 28They took their flocks, their herds, their donkeys, and whatever was in the city and was in the field, 29and all their wealth. They took captive all their little ones and their wives, and took as plunder everything that was in the houses. 30Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, "You have brought trouble on me, to make me odious to the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites. I am few in number. They will gather themselves together against me and attack me, and I and my household will be destroyed." 31But they said, "Should he treat our sister like a prostitute?"

New Heart English Bible
Edited by Wayne A. Mitchell.
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